Opinion is highly split on Harry Kane’s proposed transfer to Manchester City, and one of the latest reports claims the striker is set to demand a move from Spurs to Manchester in order to give him a grater opportunity at lifting silverware.
However, manager Pep Guardiola has turned his attention to strengthening City’s midfield despite letting club legend Sergio Aguero leave on a free transfer to Barcelona. With a £100m bid for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish rumoured to be accepted by Villa early next week and a medical already scheduled, the deal has cast doubt on any further deal for the England captain.
City played most of the season without a recognised striker, and while they didn’t surpass the 100-goal mark, City scored enough to win matches and take a third Premier League title in four seasons. It’s fair to say that the blues need a target man up front, but if the move for Kane doesn’t materialise, who could the blues turn to next season to bag the goals and save them some money in the process?
The Brazilian is a rumoured target for Juventus, but he would be the natural successor to Aguero. Jesus has proven he can finish, but the big issue with him is his inability to remain onside. Too often throughout a match, Jesus mis-times his runs and gets caught out by the flag or later VAR, which can be so frustrating for his team-mates and supporters. If Gaby can learn the offside rule, he could feature heavily amongst the goals next season.
Not an obvious choice as a striker, but the possible arrival of Grealish could force Sterling to the wide right position or in the centre. Sterling proved during the Euros that he can play up front and get amongst the goals, so could Pep use him next season as a centre-forward?
Torres had an exceptional Euros and he was showing towards the back end of last season just what he is capable of. He is only 21 and still learning, but at 6ft in height, Torres is one of the taller attackers in the City team. With City’s wingers happy to throw cross after cross into the box, Torres will be presented with enough opportunities to be amongst the regular goal scorers next season.
This kid has a big future ahead of him, but at only 18, it may be a little early for him to become City’s main striker. The way Guardiola developed Phil Foden will be an inspiration to City’s academy and he may well do the same with Delap. The youngster is 6” 1’ and will be ideal to lead City’s attack, but maybe not just yet as he is likely to still have a lot to learn. A run out in the League Cup next season may be in order though to show exactly what he can do.
What other options do City have?
The blues still have alternatives should the Kane deal not come though, and they may look further afield to solve their striker problem. Who else could City potentially go for?
The obvious one, so let’s get this guy out of the way first. Haaland would thrive under Guardiola and his height and strength would add an extra dimension to City’s play. However, considering Dortmund have already lost Jadon Sancho this summer, the German side are unlikely to want to lose another big name to the Premier League. But although he was a danger when the blues met Dortmund in the Champions League last season, he was largely subdued by the City defence, and it may take some time for the Norwegian to become accustomed to life in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old has been linked to City previously and is a rumoured target for Arsenal, which means he would probably end up at City at some point in the future! The striker has made 132 appearances for Inter Milan, scoring 49 goals in total. Quick and agile, the striker has been likened by Hernán Crespo to a certain Sergio Aguero, and if City could get their hands on another Aguero, that would delight the faithful for the next ten years or so.
Who else has been linked?
Former United striker Romelu Lukaku has previously been rumoured to have been on City’s radar, but it looks like that one has gone cold. Joao Felix, a one-time City target was mentioned over the summer, but like Lukaku, it seems that particular rumour has gone away.
The Danny Ings’ name continues to pop up every now and then, and a punt on the striker may not be as bad as some think. It would be worth getting some experience up front until Delap is ready, but would he fit the style of City’s play?
And a new name has been thrown into the mix by the Manchester Evening News in the form of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. We’ll leave that one with you!
What do you think? Should City continue to pursue Kane or look in-house? Or should the blues look to sign an alternative?
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